GALACTIC'S HIP-HOP ALBUM

GALACTIC Signs With Anti-
New Orleans Funk Icons Collaborate With
A Who's Who Of Hip-Hop
Concept Album From The Corner To The Block Intersects Genres
New Disc Counts The Coup's Boots Riley, Lyrics Born, Juvenile
Jurassic 5's Chali 2na, Digable Planets' Ladybug Mecca
Mr. Lif and Blackalicious' Gift of Gab


Galactic
Anti- is delighted to announce the signing of GALACTIC, the New Orleans-based frontrunners of futuristic funk. Currently putting the finishing touches on their upcoming disc, From The Corner To The Block, which was co-produced by the band's saxophonist Ben Ellman, the new recording from the five-piece – due August 21 – is set to include guest appearances from an array of today's most innovative MC's, including The Coup's Boots Riley, Lyrics Born, Digable Planets' Ladybug Mecca, Juvenile and Jurassic 5's Chali 2na.

In advance of the disc's release, GALACTIC – which features bassist Robert Mercurio, guitarist Jeff Raines, keyboardist Richard Vogel, drummer Stanton Moore and Ellman – will celebrate the project when they perform at next month's four-day Bonnaroo festival, held in Manchester, Tennessee from June 14 – 17. Participants in four of the first five Bonnaroo events, the group known for incorporating elements of funk, rock, hip-hop and electronica into its own modern variation of the genre will be joined by the aforementioned Boots Riley, Lyrics Born and Chali 2na and Mr. Lif, as well as other project accomplices like Gift of Gab of Blackalicious and Lateef the Truthspeaker.

The MC's that contributed to From The Corner To The Block were asked to approach their lyrics with one uniform concept: Corners. Stemming from the idea that GALACTIC's hometown is full of evocative street names inspired by history, mythology and multiple ethnicities, guest artists were asked to think of an intersection that was important to them.

Just as every corner is an intersection of two paths – for instance New Orleans' own "Law and Desire" or "Martin Luther King and Oretha Castle Haley" – the disc is a meeting of two different styles of music. GALACTIC has played with hip-hop giants like The Roots, Talib Kweli, and Jurassic 5, and such collaborations seeded the uplifting, thought-stirring and undisputedly natural merger of the band's electrified funk and hip-hop's insightful lyricism on From The Corner To The Block.

On this record more than any other, GALACTIC marries the two types of New Orleans street music. Old school Brass Band second line grooves meet bounce style inspired hip-hop on the title track for which GALACTIC enlisted native superstar Juvenile - with whom the band performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live - and the up and coming Soul Rebels Brass Band. On the track "Second & Dryadres" the band called on Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Monk Boudreaux whose chants blend seamlessly with the bands electro funk sound thanks to Ben Ellman’s innovative production.

The complete track listing for the disc is as follows:

1. I Got It (What You Need?) with Lyrics Born
2. ...And I'm Out with Mr. Lif
3. The Corner with Gift of Gab
4. Second and Dryades with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
5. Think Back with Chali 2na
6. Bounce Baby with DJ Z-Trip
7. Hustle Up with Boots Riley
8. Sidewalk Stepper
9. From the Corner to the Block with Juvenile & Soul Rebels Brass Band
10. Squarebiz with Ladybug Mecca and Nino Moschella
11. Tuff Love with Trombone Shorty
12. No Way with Lateef the Truthspeaker
13. Fanfare
14. Find My Home with Vursatyl and Ohmega Watts

http://www.galacticfunk.com/

[Published on: 5/23/07]

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Comments

AZ~*Droo* starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/24/2007 11:39AM
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AZ~*Droo*

Check em out @ bonnaroo! latenight sat night!!!

shackdude star Thu 5/24/2007 01:32PM
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Go back to FUNK!!! Is it not www.galactifunk.com? Vegoose 2006 with hip hop artists was totally lame, worse I have ever seen Galactic - and I'm a big fan. CMON boys, Funk Funk Funk

Govindaze Thu 5/24/2007 01:40PM
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I have to agree. I love Galactic, and have nothing against hip hop, but that Vegoose set was realy bad.

dannymo starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/24/2007 01:49PM
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a little change will do you good

Wineguy Thu 5/24/2007 02:09PM
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Couldn't disagree more. Saw J5 open for, and then join, Galactic at Jazzfest a few years back, and it was amazing. Funk and hip-hop is a killer combo. Gift of Gab came out with them at the Fillmore in SF last year, and it was the highlight of the show. Unlike the Greyboy Allstars, who sound exactly like they did ten years ago, it's great to see these guys progressing. This album will be HOT!

matthau starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/24/2007 02:30PM
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Give it a chance people....jeez. They haven't even released the album yet. The best hip-hop is live hip-hop so why shouldn't this work. These cats play great funk, and funk is at the root of hip-hop afterall. Musicians change people...it just happens.

LBSCATL Thu 5/24/2007 03:25PM
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I have seen Galactic many times and one of the best was summer of 2001 at Tipitinas when they brought out an MC. I am not sure who he was.

Cleofus Thu 5/24/2007 03:46PM
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Cleofus

sounds tight. At least they chose a solid cast of hip hoppers for the project (w/ the exception of maybe Juvenile). I'll have to pick this up. Some people just can't get with hip-hop. Whatever.

SKSmith66 Fri 5/25/2007 05:33AM
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I've gotta agree with the reviews of the vegoose set. i was there, and I taped it. it was easily the worst set I saw at vegoose. Unless they do something drastically different on the record I doubt it will be all that great.

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why not. they kick ass.

Maestro starstarstar Fri 5/25/2007 07:02AM
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Maestro

You can't go wrong with Galactic, in any form.....however, I do wish Houseman was still belting it out with em. Looking foreward to hearing the new album...

Smittea starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/25/2007 07:27AM
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Smittea

Sometimes I wish they'd go back to their roots, but I'd take almost anything they have to offer. Coolin' Off was more Jazz and Boogaloo than funk, Mongoose and Late for the Future more funky, and Ruckus was more techno and club influenced. If anything they are pigeon holing themselves with one genre. You gotta hand it to a band that can pretty much cover any style of music out there. I am not always happy to see the changes, but their changes are truly indicative of their awesome talents.

Smittea starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/25/2007 07:28AM
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Smittea

Sometimes I wish they'd go back to their roots, but I'd take almost anything they have to offer. Coolin' Off was more Jazz and Boogaloo than funk, Mongoose and Late for the Future more funky, and Ruckus was more techno and club influenced. If anything they AREN'T pigeon holing themselves with one genre. You gotta hand it to a band that can pretty much cover any style of music out there. I am not always happy to see the changes, but their changes are truly indicative of their awesome talents.

Smittea starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/25/2007 07:30AM
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Smittea

Sorry about that folks... I meant to use AREN'T in first posting

Road To Shambala Fri 5/25/2007 08:20AM
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Road To Shambala

I think the Beatles should have stuck with that "I Want to Hold Your Hand" stuff.

They would have been huge, HUGE!!

shackdude star Fri 5/25/2007 08:53AM
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Galactic should stick to its roots. Hip Hop is fine where its at, no need to move into Galactic FUNK area.

Think about it this - Galactic say comes to town, and you are ready to dish out $25 to see them. You expect Galactic to play FUNK. But instead the whole show is hip hop show. Maybe they should announce when they come to won or play fest - this show or event will be Galactic Funk or Falactic Hip Hop (than I could sabe myself the time and money of attending hip hop show). Galactic was one of the main reasons why I attended Vegoose last year. I didn't get Galactic Funk, I got Galactic CRAP. After 1-2 songs, I split for other stage.

cuttyfives Fri 5/25/2007 09:32AM
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rapping over galactic or sts9 is a bad call

threef starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/25/2007 01:13PM
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I wish I was at Mountain Air in 98' again back when they were hungry and tore it up. That was the best festival ever. Late night at the mark twain hall, w/ the house man. Before everyone had a jam band. I miss the late night funk, that makes the girls wiggle there junk. Bring back the House Man! Bring back the House Man!!!!!!

stumoog52 star Fri 5/25/2007 06:13PM
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Just came back from Jazz Fest and I am kind of shocked. I have been seeing Galactic since they started. I guess they are going for a new audience.
I think they have just lost a long time fan.

lovemusicfood star Sat 5/26/2007 10:01AM
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I can't believe they left G-Love off this album.

Bividybone Sat 5/26/2007 11:08PM
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Bividybone

Loved Bonnaroo '02 with DJ Logic & Les Claypool. It was the perfect blend of funk & hip hop. Now they just need to find a way to slip an MC into the mix without losing what they already have. Maybe revisit some old songs with a new twist. "Paint", with the right MC, could be sick. At Vegoose they were still sloppy, as if this was still a new concept. I have faith that with time and a little fine tuning they will put out another mind boggling album, followed by yet another furious tour. And then all of you haters can get together, smoke a bowl, and appreciate something other than the band on your T-shirts. Who knows?, maybe this is the beginning of a new trend. Phish played with Jay-Z...., how about the Rhythm Devils backing the Wu-Tang Clan.

Zarathrusta Sun 5/27/2007 10:41AM
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Zarathrusta

I'm all for this; I love Galactic and I especially love Hip Hop. But I also understand how some Galactic fans who (as ignorant as it may be) don't like Hip Hop might be dissapointed. I can also relate to those who feel that Galactic should always make it clear when their show will have mc's on stage for extended periods of time. I remember one year at Jazz-Fest I went to see Moe. at the St. Palace Theater and one by one members of Gov. Mule came out untill eventually it was all of Mule on stage and no one from Moe. Now I love Gov. Mule especially Warren but out of all the phenominal music all over New Orleans that night I choose to spend my money to go see Moe. and when all of a sudden I was at a Gov. Mule show I felt a little dissapointed.

LDM starstarstarstarstar Mon 5/28/2007 09:20AM
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I saw the SXSW show in Austin with Boot, Lyrics Born, and Gift of Gab and it was off the hook. One of the best Galactic experiences I have had... and I have done 2 Bonnaroos, multiple Tips shows durring Jazz Fest, Halloween in Austin, 3 NYE in San Fran, late night High Sierra... you get the point. Been waiting for years for them to make this album. Can't wait.

The1AndOnlyDJCT starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/29/2007 08:03AM
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I can see why Galactic fans who don't like hip-hop are disappointed, but c'mon, these guys are still going to put on a great live show! As a huge hip-hop fan, and a huge Galactic fan, I personally can't wait to hear the album, and see their next tour.

foxs241 star Thu 5/31/2007 05:12AM
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Was a HUGE Galactic fan for years (Still would go see them if in my area), but started downhill after the sets involved too much singing. Dont get me wrong, I dig the houseman in doses, but I can only take so much "Giiirrrrrlllll" every frickin' verse. I have yet to see the Hip Hop sets, but I cant imagine it being better than their Instrumental funk jams.